Animation takes centre stage for Paralympic ceremony

Mandeville School Animation for Paralympics With Animator David  Bunting   Pupils L-R James Skinner 13, Madison Harding 12, Mathew Warwick 11 Lennon Brown 12
Mandeville School Animation for Paralympics With Animator David Bunting Pupils L-R James Skinner 13, Madison Harding 12, Mathew Warwick 11 Lennon Brown 12
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MANDEVILLE School students have ensured their place in history after producing an animation to be shown in London’s 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony.

As part of the project ‘Driving Inspiration’, 20 students from year seven to year 13 have worked with renowned animator David Bunting to produce the opening minute of a short film which will be viewed by millions of people.

Mandeville School Animation for Paralympics  screen shot People animated by Mandeville School, background by Uganda school

Mandeville School Animation for Paralympics screen shot People animated by Mandeville School, background by Uganda school

David Bunting said: “This project has literally been like the Olympic torch being passed around the globe. We got hold of it this past week and we’ve just run with it.

“It’s been intense and by far the most ambitious thing I’ve worked on. It is a massive international collaboration and it’s so exciting.”

The project has seen hundreds of students from 12 different countries connect online to help create the ten minute film.

The piece sees the Paralympic torch leave Stoke Mandeville Stadium before embarking on a trip round the world to share the cultures of other countries.

Further inspiration for the project has been provided by the presence of paralympian and former discus gold medallist John Harris at the school, who was left paralysed when he was 18-years-old.

Mandeville has close ties to the Paralympics, as it was where the first Games took place in 1948 under the stewardship of Dr. Ludwig Guttman. One of the mascots for the Games has also been named Mandeville.

The film is set to premier on July 9th when the Olympic torch visits the school.